November 16, 2023

Watermelon Tie-Dye Dress Tutorial


You won’t believe how easy this Watermelon Tie-Dye Dress was to make! The perfect summer holiday project,

We LOVE creating unique items using Tie-Dye here at Paging Fun Mums and we recently busted out the dyes to make a cute Watermelon dress.

My friend Amanda whipped up a couple of ‘Pillow Case’ dresses using some plain white cotton (you can find a free pattern for the dresses here). Watermelon prints are so popular right now so we decided to try to make some ourselves.

We’re SUPER happy with the end results and can’t believe how easy the process was from start to finish.

What you’ll need –

  • Plain white cotton dress or skirt.
  • Green & Pink Tie-Dye (you can find Tie-Dye at any local craft store like Spotlight)
  • Rubber bands
  • Rubber gloves
  • Black Fabric Pen

Instructions –

Start by washing your dress and rinsing it well, you’ll want your dress to be damp when you’re applying the colours. We tied a rubber band where we wanted our Watermelon ‘rind’ to end and another where we wanted the pink to end to start (knowing that they would naturally mix between the two points).

It’s best to lay the dress down on a rack so the dye doesn’t pool under and mix together. We used two different methods with these two dresses. With the first dress we did both colours whilst it was on the rack, with the second dress we actually applied the pink and then dipped the bottom of the dress into a tub of green dye. Both ways resulted the same outcome.

Once we applied the dye we actually laid the dresses in the sunlight to set (instead of wrapping them in plastic). The following day we rinsed them under running water until the water ran clear and then washed and ironed them ready for the fabric pen.

Draw your pips onto the dress using the fabric marker. We used a tear drop shape and you can see Amanda didn’t draw as many pips on as I did. Both dresses look great so just go with what you like. Follow the instructions on the fabric pen to set the colour and then your dress is ready for action!

You can watch the video tutorial below.

If you give this dress a go we would LOVE to see your creations! Please share a photo to our Facebook wall or tag us on Instagram.

Lou x

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